Photo of the Week: The Pre-Pre-Season

Author: Nicole White '19

Potwmanagers Courtesy photo

Many Notre Dame students use their summers as a quiet respite from the stresses of classes and collegiate social life, traveling around the world or enjoying time with their families. Others choose to gain professional experience through internships or summer jobs. But some choose to stick around after the school year ends, taking jobs on campus as everything from camp counselors to seasonal landscapers.


With only 45 days until the football season begins on September 2, one group of summer workers on campus has been especially busy — with a job that has no off-season.


Student football managers have tasks to complete at Notre Dame whether school is in session or not. In this week’s photo, senior managers Molly Hart SMC ’20, Jenni Buck SMC ’20 and Harrison Kranz ’20 sort through the team’s practice helmets. (Wondering what the difference is between practice helmets and their game-day counterparts? The latter are shinier.)

Along with fellow senior manager John Geppert, the three began their summer shift in early June to prepare equipment and ensure Fighting Irish success in the fall. In addition to assisting with summer camps, breaking in footballs and sorting new gear, these eldest members of the manager squad also spend the summer preparing to coach the team of sophomore and junior managers who will join them when pre-season practices begin.


Photo of the Week highlights images of notable happenings on campus and in the Notre Dame family around the world. Have a snapshot you think we should see? Email to be considered for publication. 


Nicole White is an intern at this magazine and a former football manager.